Results and top performers from Day 2 of the 2019 Under-16 Australian Championships being hosted by Darwin Basketball Association in the Northern Territory.
For a full review of the Day 2 games as well as the draws, ladders and top performers, click here.
The ladders are beginning to take shape in each competition with Qld South making a statement in Pool A for the boys, defeating SA Metro by 12 points after SA Metro were unbeaten at the end of Day 1.
That places Qld South at 2-0, alongside the defending Champions in Vic Metro who have recorded two victories by an average margin of almost 50 points.
After suffering a nail-biting four-point loss on Day 1, ACT were on the right end of a thriller on Day 2 as they got past NSW Country, 77-74.
Trailing by 13 points at three-quarter time, ACT put together a 26-10 final term to run over the top of their opponents.
Cameron Pender scored nine of his 22 points down the stretch and Alex Toohey finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds to counter the best efforts of NSW Country’s Joshua Dent (26 points).
There was another tight finish in Pool B for the boys as NSW Metro got the better of WA Metro, 88-83.
Combining for 33 points off the bench, Kauri Tipene-Grace and Ben Henshall almost pulled off the comeback for WA Metro but NSW Metro had five players score in double-figures, led by Earl Abadam (19 points, 16 rebounds) and Bailey Chambers (13 points, 11 assists).
That got NSW Metro on the winners list and Vic Country also had their first success on Day 2 but both sides sit below SA Metro on the ladder.
Defence has led SA Metro to a 2-0 record as they are giving up 10.5 points less than any other team in Pool B so far.
For the girls, Qld South have set the pace in Pool A by moving to 3-0 as they aim to replicate the success of 2015 when they won the gold medal.
They tallied 143 points in a big performance against NT and then handed WA Metro their first loss with a 70-51 scoreline capping off a perfect day.
Their top spot is under threat from the reigning Champions in Vic Metro though who have impressed during their two wins to begin the 2019 tournament, prevailing by an average margin of 32 points.
While the SA Metro boys suffered a loss today, the SA Metro girls had no such trouble and they now lead Pool B as the only undefeated side.
Vic Country sit second at 1-1 alongside Qld North with those teams set to take on WA Country and Tasmania respectively tomorrow who are chasing their first wins of the tournament.
Other matches to keep an eye on when Day 3 gets underway include the Qld South women who put their winning streak on the line against NSW Country at 7.30pm and two undefeated boys teams in Vic Metro and Qld South who meet at 11am.
For all the draws, results and LiveStats click here.